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The Methodist Church - Past and Present


Watchet's Heritage - The Methodist Church

Watchet's Historical Buildings
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The Methodist Church was completed in 1871 at a time when the town was enjoying a mini industrial revolution and also a period when the town's commerce was dominated by Methodists.

It followed a perpendicular style and was constructed principally in red sandstone and ham stone. It was felt important enough to be awarded a Grade II status in 1982. The two tall, adjacent buildings were completed in 1874.

The church remains very active today with regular services and is often open during the day. A notable document, an extract worthy of mention, is from the 'The Wesley Guild Secretary in Watchet'. Essentially, it comprises a list of Watchet men who lost their lives during the First World War. It seems that discussions on how to commemorate the dead resulted in the gift of the Memorial Ground to the town for recreation and sport, to be held in perpetuity, as a very tangible reminder of their sacrifice.

A comprehensive history of the church is available on the Watchet Conservation Society website.

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This page is provided by Watchet Conservation Society with the help of Watchet Chamber of Trade
and with funding from Somerset West & Taunton Council's High Street Emergency Fund.
Text and history provided by Nick Cotton